We all celebrate the great green event that is of course St Patricks Day, coming up on the 17th March! But I bet many of you have never even thought about the Saint behind it and where it all comes from. Here is a quick wizz-around of the origins behind this golden day. Perhaps it will enlighten your conversation this Saturday at the pub, instead of talking about the government, or you know…. cats.
About St Patrick – Saint Patrick is the patron saint and national apostle of Ireland. St Patrick is credited with bringing christianity to Ireland. Most of what is known about him comes from his two works; the Confessio, a spiritual autobiography, and his Epistola, a denunciation of British mistreatment of Irish christians.
Why is the Shamrock the National Flower of Ireland?
Many folk ask the question ‘Why is the Shamrock the National Flower of Ireland?’ The reason is that St. Patrick used it to explain the Holy Trinity to the pagans.
St. Patrick’s Day is a traditional day for spiritual renewal
Saint Patrick’s Day has come to be associated with everything Irish: anything green and gold, shamrocks and luck. Most importantly, to those who celebrate its intended meaning, St. Patrick’s Day is a traditional day for spiritual renewal and offering prayers for missionaries worldwide.
Why is St Patricks Day celebrated on the 17th March?
Why is it celebrated on the 17th March? One theory is that that is the day that St. Patrick died. Since the holiday began in Ireland, it is believed that as the Irish spread out around the world, they took with them their history and celebrations. The biggest observance of all is, of course, in Ireland. Being a religious holiday as well, many Irish attend mass, where the 17th of March is the traditional day for offering prayers for missionaries worldwide before the serious celebrating begins.
Here is the story of Saint Patrick: